Keys to Victory: Three reasons Frank Mir will defeat Daniel CormierPosted on July 27, 2012, 07:54 AM by Anton Gurevich
In his last bout, Mir was TKO’d by Junior dos Santos in fight for the UFC Heavyweight title. Mir’s encounter with JDS showcased everything most of us knew already – Frank Mir is without a TOP 5 Heavyweight, but he lacks the tools to go toe-to-toe with fighters like JDS, Overeem, and perhaps Cain Velasquez.
But is this really the case? As one of the biggest Frank Mir fans, I would prefer to say ‘no’. Some may call it ‘wishful thinking’, but I truly believe that Mir has what it takes to prove his worth, and shut up the critics against Daniel Cormier.
Frank Mir could well-be one of the greatest heavyweight grapplers in MMA history. His bone-breaking performances against Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira made him the legendary fighter he is today. The way Frank Mir submitted Big Nog and Brock Lesnar is a perfect example of how his submission skills can turn the fight around in any given moment. Daniel Cormier is relatively “green” when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and should think twice before taking risks against Mir.
Daniel Cormier is one of the best wrestlers in MMA today, while Frank Mir’s wrestling is lackluster (to say the least). Cormier knows how to stay on top, neutralizing his opponent’s offensive grappling. Josh Barnett is a submission artist himself, but he was unable to put Cormier in any type of danger on the ground.
Frank Mir is no stranger to danger. In fact, the level of competition Frank Mir faced inside the Octagon could rival the one of Cain Velasquez, who will face Junior dos Santos later this year. While Frank Mir is a battle-tested war machine, Daniel Cormier is still at the start of his Mixed Martial Arts career. Big Nog made a huge mistake in heat of the moment, which cost him the fight. Daniel Cormier’s decision-making process is still in development, and that’s exactly where Frank Mir could find a chink in his opponent’s armor.
Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, Barnett, and even Devin Cole, all were more experienced than Daniel Cormier. Having 70 fights on your record could be an advantage in certain situations, but when it comes to unpredictability and unorthodox approach to the game – the veterans are simply unable to keep up with the pace. DC will bring a lot of new tools to the table against Frank Mir, just like he did against Monson and Josh Barnett.
Frank Mir is incredibly strong a fighter. At 265lbs, Mir will be tough to take down and bully at the fence. More than anything, Frank Mir’s physical advantage over Daniel Cormier could help him to execute submission maneuvers. I think Daniel Cormier is an advanced version of Roy Nelson., who struggled to find his riddum against Frank Mir. The ability to fight into dominant positions will play a huge role in this match-up, physical strength is the key, and Frank Mir has 265lbs of it.
Daniel Cormier may not be a Mr. Olympia candidate, but he’s definitely a powerhouse. Cormier is built like a tank, and can go toe-to-toe with the Overeems and Mirs of the UFC Heavyweight division. Behind all the sarcasm about his physique, Daniel Cormier’s improved striking skills and top-tier wrestling make him faster and stronger than anyone he faced in Strikeforce. Junior dos Santos’ speed and timing proved to be too much for Frank Mir, while same qualities helped Daniel Cormier to win the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP.